Making the adjustment to living in a new home with a new life that includes 5 online courses, I have not had much time to devote to crochet. Now that things have calmed down a little, I hope to rectify that situation. This latest casting call may be the jump start I need to start contributing again.
For those of you who don't know, a design call-out or casting call is when a publisher has an idea for a book or special issue magazine, and they need design contributions. Crochet! magazine is having such a call-out.
The reason I believe this may be the kick-in-the-pants I need to get going is the subject matter: all cold weather stuff! I have an entire notebook full of designs I have made over the years that I could contribute, with very little work on my part. I have photos of the finished items because I make them, year after year, for my own family and friends. My primary medium for many years was wool - sheep, alpaca, and llama.
I have tried in the past to whip up something for call-outs. The problem is, they don't give you a lot of time - usually only a couple of weeks - to submit something. If they take sketches and swatches, fine. But some companies want the finished product! Not being in a position to drop everything to create a design, I have learned, the hard way, to pass on those.
In this case, though, all I have to do is complete the submission form. Perhaps I will get a design published this year after all!